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June 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Mariners try to score runs against a pitcher who actually has front-line stuff at times

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Just what the Mariners needed. They made Aaron Cook look like Cy Young last night and now, tonight, get to go up against a pitcher who is actually supposed to have ace stuff more often than not.
Josh Beckett was struggling when these squads hooked up in Boston on May 15. All he did that day was hold them to zero runs on four hits over seven innings. The Mariners made him throw only 93 pitches that day, which, I suppose, is an improvement over the 81 that Cook needed over nine innings last night.
Since that day, Beckett has not thrown fewer than seven innings or allowed more than four runs in any start.
So, yeah, the Mariners could be in trouble tonight.


Hopefully, Erasmo Ramirez has another 10-strikeout game in him. Cosidering it’s the Red Sox he’s facing and not the Oakland Athletics, I’d hold off on staking the mortgage on it.
This is the problem when you let journeyman types walk all over you. Eventually, you have to face some great pitchers and then, the next thing you know, you’ve lost eight of 10 or 17 in a row.
The Mariners have responded at times with their backs to the wall this season. Right now, they’re in danger of being shoved right through the wall. We’ll see how they respond.
The lineups:
RED SOX
LF Daniel Nava
2B Dustin Pedroia
DH David Ortiz
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B Adrian Gonzalez
3B Will Middlebrooks
RF Cody Ross
CF Ryan Kalish
SS Mike Aviles
RHP Josh Beckett
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
CF Casper Wells
3B Kyle Seager
DH John Jaso
1B Justin Smoak
2B Dustin Ackley
C Miguel Olivo
LF Chone Figgins
SS Munenori Kawasaki
RHP Erasmo Ramirez

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